About ten years ago, I took up knitting. I am self-taught, with a little help from YouTube. In my early days of knitting I experimented with yarn color and weights: I mixed, I matched, I marled, even before I knew what marling was; and, I fell in love with mohair and added it to many projects. Even then, though I worked from patterns I rarely stayed true to the directions, always tweaking a hem, a sleeve, a neckline. When I learned about knitting dictionaries I purchased several, then began knitting without pattern instructions. Here I am years later, a passionate knitter (and sometimes crocheter and sewist) beginning down the design path.